Amazon to rename premium TV network EPIX to MGM+ next year

EPIX has announced that it will be renamed to MGM+ in January 2023. When Amazon acquired MGM studios earlier this year, it also got the premium cable TV network EPIX with the deal. If you thought all of MGM’s movies and TV shows would be merged into Prime Video, the impending relaunch of EPIX and MGM+ is pretty compelling evidence that won’t be happening anytime soon. In addition to the new name, MGM+ also announced four new original series coming to the service next year. The newly greenlit shows include “Hotel Cocaine,” an eight-episode drama; the second season of “Belgravia;” a two-part docuseries tentatively called “San Francisco Sounds;” and an untitled four-part docuseries about the Amityville murders.

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Amazon completes aquisition of MGM $8.45 billion

Amazon has announced the completion of its acquisition of movie and TV studio MGM. The purchase of MGM for $8.45 billion was announced back in May 2021 but required regulatory scrutany before being completed. European Union antitrust officials gave the purchase unconditionally approval this week and the Federal Trade Commission had until the middle of this month to challenge the acquisition, which it did not. The purchase of MGM adds over 4,000 films and 17,000 TV episodes to Amazon’s content library, which includes franchises such as James Bond, Rocky, Robocop, and Stargate. Amazon held true to its word to still release the latest James Bond film in theaters, as opposed to making it a Prime Video exclusive, but has not commented on the rest of the acquired content catalog.

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Amazon buys MGM for $8.45 billion

The rumors were true. Amazon has announced the acquisition of MGM for $8.45 billion. Assuming regulators allow the deal to go through, Amazon will own MGM’s library of content which includes around 4,000 films and 17,000 hours of TV shows. MGM franchises that will soon be owned by Amazon include 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, James Bond, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, and many others. The deal isn’t just about acquiring rights to existing content because Amazon says they will “empower MGM to continue to do what they do best: great storytelling,” so, it seems like MGM will continue to release new movies and shows under Amazon’s ownership. Read more ›

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Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy MGM

Amazon has apparently offered to buy MGM for $9 billion, according to Variety and The Information, which both have independent sources familiar with the negotiations. The deal seems likely to happen because Variety reports that $9 billion is the amount MGM was hoping to get. Should the deal take place, Amazon would own over 17,000 hours of TV shows and 4,000 films which include popular franchises such as James Bond.

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